BARBADOS: CXC resisting grade investigation


Educators are calling on the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) to investigate the alarming results for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations that appear to be dashing students’ hopes for prestigious scholarships.

But CXC doesn’t appear to be budging in the face of thousands of irate students and parents signing online petitions against grade discrepancies and Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw asking for a probe.

“The disquiet among students who recently received the Caribbean Examinations Council’s CAPE and CSEC examinations is definitely cause for concern. I am of the view that an urgent investigation must be carried out by CXC into this matter to preserve the integrity of the examinations,” Bradshaw said.

“I know that the council has already responded to indicate the procedure to initiate the review process by Friday, October 23. And while there must be respect for process, I do feel, however, that given the unprecedented number of students who have raised concerns, particularly those online, I would strongly urge CXC to move swiftly to investigate and also to consider the waiver of fees associated with the review,” she added. (TG)

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